Former England international Rob Lee, while speaking exclusively with FootballFanCast, has expressed his regret over Newcastle United not signing Danny Ings when the Southampton striker left Liverpool.
Lee believes the three-time England international has been a “revelation” since joining Southampton on an initial loan deal in 2018, which the St. Mary’s natives turned permanent for £20million after a successful debut season.
Ings struck seven goals in 24 Premier League games as he established himself on the south coast, and has truly kicked on since with 22 goals last term as he contested each top-flight fixture.
Lee lauds Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl for putting himself in the line of fire by signing Ings, who is among the Premier League’s top-scorers this season with six in eight appearances ahead of Southampton hosting Sheffield United on Sunday.
“Danny Ings, I was desperate for Newcastle to buy Danny Ings. He put his head on the block, he went and got him, and he’s been a revelation, an England player,” Lee told FootballFanCast.
Only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy struck more Premier League goals last season than Ings, with the Foxes ace securing the Golden Boot with a 23-goal haul. But it was the Saints star who proved to be the most important striker in the competition, with his 22-goals accounting for a league-high 43% contribution rate.
Newcastle struggled for league goals last term with midfielder Jonjo Shelvey ending the campaign with a Toon-high six to his name, edging strikers Dwight Gayle (four) and Joelinton (two).
Steve Bruce sought to solve the Magpies’ lack of firepower in the off-season with the addition of ex-Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson, who has lashed home a team-high seven in nine league appearances since completing a £20m move.